Typically, the most common age to begin orthodontic treatment is around 10 or 11 years old. By this time most, if not all, of the baby teeth have been lost, many of the permanent teeth have erupted, and crooked/crowded teeth, gaps/spaces, and bad bites can easily be detected.
It is easier to treat many orthodontic problems during adolescence because the body is still growing rapidly. Dr. Cohen can usually take advantage of growth spurts to help improve the bite and correct the relationship of the teeth. In addition, many children at this age can be convinced to wear braces because they see friends wearing them.
Unfortunately, some parents assume they must wait to see an orthodontist until the child has all of their permanent teeth, only to find out that orthodontic treatment would have been much easier, and less costly, if started at a younger age.